Friday, September 12, 2014

Top 5 Infographics of the Week: The Importance of Writing

It's something you do everyday, yet you probably take it for granted. In fact, your day depends on it. Writing and reading are some of the most fundamental skills in our lives and it is especially crucial to students and those in the workforce. Studies have shown that workers spend an average of 2.6 hours per day reading and responding to emails. That adds up to about 27 days per year! Reading and writing is clearly a big part of our life, yet literacy rates have been stagnant in the US for the past 10 years. Currently 32 million adults in the US cannot read, and it isn't showing any signs of improving. So today we're showing some infographics about the importance of writing, whether it be offering tips about note-taking, getting kids more engaged with books, or tackling the decline in literacy in America. Take a moment out of your day and just read.

#1: Write It Down by Course Hero
  • Does note talking really help? According to a Professor at Cornell, after 20 minutes we forget 47% of what we learned. After 1 day, it increases to 62%, and after 78 days it jumps to 78%.
  • Taking notes by hand combats forgetfulness by nearly 80%. 
  • Despite the benefits of note taking, only 65.5% of students take notes during class.
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#2: Slowing Down the Distracted Generation by My Chronicle Books
  • In our fast-paced world, technology is leaving little room for good old fashioned reading. According to a study, 48% of American adults read literature for pleasure. It is even lower for college seniors, at just 33%. 
  • Over the past decade, the number of Americans who read the newspaper has dropped from 41% to 23%.
  • Children who were read to more frequently could better recognize the alphabet than those who were not. Teach kids the benefits and fun of reading from a young age!
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#3: Readers Save The World! by National Reading Campaign & CBC books
  • Avid readers have better physical and mental health as well as empathy. 
  • Reading reduces stress by 100% more than drinking a cup of tea, 300% more than going for a walk and 600% more than playing a video game. 
  • Reading is also good for others. When compared to non-readers, readers are more likely to help non-profit organizations by donating or volunteering.
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#4: Literacy in America by Project Read
  • Believe it or not, literacy in America is a big problem. An estimated 93 million adults in the country have extremely limited or limited reading skills. 30 million American adults read at or below a basic level. 
  • Those who have a reading skill level similar to a high school dropout qualify for only 10% of all new jobs.
  • 34.1% of job applicants lack the literacy skills needed to do the job they seek. This is a big problem. 
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#5: Plagiarism Report by
  • Students submit over 40 million papers per year to Turnitin, which provided them with a unique look into the world of plagiarism. 
  • They found that plagiarism has been increasing by 55% over time, indicating that students are struggling to write original content. 
  • Preventing plagiarism starts with teaching students the correct way to provide citations and providing solid research techniques. Provide formative feedback as well, which keeps students on track and focused. 
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